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Today's News

  • No vote on Levy County Judge; ditto on one circuit judgeship

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist's judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

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  • Over and out

    Another meeting, another beating.

    Bell outlasted Chiefland yet again last Monday night, surging in the fourth quarter to a 55-45 victory in the first round of the District 2A-5 boys basketball tournament.

    They won despite Chiefland’s Eugene Carter dropping 34 points, including all 12 of the Indians’ points in the first quarter.

    It was the third time this season the Bulldogs toppled the Indians. The past two meetings went into overtime, with Bell finding a way to come out on top. This time, however, the loss ousted Chiefland from the tournament.

  • Powers lifts Bronson into tourney

     For Bronson’s boys basketball team, it wasn’t how they finished the 2A-5 District Tournament, it’s how they started.

    Raymie Powers surged in the fourth quarter last Saturday to lead the Eagles past Trenton, 39-35, in the tournament’s play-in game.

    Powers scored six of his eight points and nabbed three of his four assists in the fourth, virtually willing his team past its 32-25 deficit against the Tigers.

    Bronson outscored Trenton 17-3 in the final quarter of the game.

  • Sheriff changes punishment for deputy who tased pet dog

    Sheriff Johnny Smith ignored the advice of two internal disciplinary boards and reduced the punishment  recommended for a deputy who admitted he used his Taser on a pet on several occasions.

    Deputy Charles Johnson Jr., the son of the department's No. 2 in command — Col. Mike Johnson, will not serve the three-day unpaid suspension, but instead get a written reprimand for tasing his German shepherd Kaiser.

  • Deputy’s father retiring amid controversy

    Col. Mike Johnson, second in command at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office has notified Sheriff Johnny Smith he will be retiring on March 1.

    Johnson, who has a history of health problems in his family, cited it in his letter dated Feb. 9.

    Johnson’s son, Charles M. Johnson Jr., has been the target of an internal investigation. The investigation has been the subject of media coverage and other complaints aired about the department at an NAACP meeting last week.

  • Sheriff speaks out

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith defended his second in command, Col. Mike Johnson, denying favoritism was shown to Johnson's two children by the department, but he acknowledged there have been mistakes and he is correcting them..

    “I view this as we have had a few bumps in the road,” Smith said, but added the Sheriff's Office “is in great shape.”

  • Breaking NewsDeputy resigns ahead of firing

        Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson Jr., resigned Thursday morning just hours after a disciplinary review board decided he should be terminated after a new complaint arose that he had a sexual encounter with a pregnant married woman in the driveway of his Bronson home.

  • Deputy apologized to co-workers for actions

    The following email was sent by Deputy Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson last week after reports surfaced about his affair with a married woman, the use of a racial epithet in talking to a second woman, conduct unbecoming to the department and the tasing of his pet dog with a department-issued Taser.

    From: Chuck Johnson

    Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Subject: Poor Judgment

  • County makes no special exception

    After more than four hours of testimony from sides supporting and opposing an exotic animal sanctuary in Morriston, the Levy County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the special exception application.

    Between 60 and 70 people filled the courtroom Monday night to listen to Dr. Suzanne Billiar, an exotic animal owner and veterinarian, ask for a special exception to home more than 45 animals on a 3.5 acre tract of land that is zoned AR–agricultural/residential.